From the daily archives: "Thursday, October 17, 2013"

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Titled The Spiffy Fifties, commissioned by Spend It Magazine, and featured on www.fashiongonerogue.com, this collection goes down as one of our favorites of the year. Aside from the beautiful composition of photographer Andrew Yee and the quirky poses of model Samantha Gradoville, we are enthralled and in awe of the extraordinary hairstyles. In each picture, the blonde bombshell wears an iconic fifties hairstyle –– beehive, bouffant, pompadour, rolled bangs, soft, bouncy curls –– only re-imagined in the contemporary fashion. Somehow, however, the vintage Hollywood glamor of that Golden Age still bursts out of every image. We love it and we think you will too. To get inspired by the full spread, click style notes.

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lavender

With the current trend for pale and pastel hues showing no signs of abating, women and girls all over the world are scrambling to find ways to match dip-dyes with the autumn-winter season. In brighter months, any kind of pastel works perfectly well but, as the next equinox approaches, darker hues are less suitable. Except for variations of lavender –– think mauve, think purple, think of your palest blue. There’s something about these tones that seems to fit the winter wonderland, like they were made for ambling through a forest of snow in a chunky knitted sweater. Want to give it a try? For tips to achieving it at the salon, click style notes.

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Reminiscent of the seventies, yet unapologetically modern and sexy, this is a great style from Dianna Agron, the songstress from Glee. A layered, shoulder-grazing center-part with loose beach waves tumbling down the face-frame, it looks effortless and is incredibly beautifying. The golden blonde color is terrific too; flaxen is a perfect fit for her California-girl complexion. A cut and color easily attainable at the salon, and styling that is manageable at your vanity table, this is a wow-factor style that anyone can do. For our tips, click style notes.

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braids

Braids –– from French to Swedish to Milkmaids and more –– have been seen everywhere from celebrity red carpets to beatnik street parties over the last couple of years; the twine is at the center of fashion’s eye. So it’s time to wow friends with a new plait. Glamorous, sophisticated, and with a visually interesting texture, the chain braid is a great way to adopt the trend, yet retain your individuality. It keeps hair off the face, and appears casual enough for daytime looks, while its undoubted uniqueness means you can also wear it to upscale occasion. Hair should be shoulder-length or longer to make this plait perfect; and once you master the basic technique, you can try different variations, as seen in the collage above. For easy-to-do steps, click style notes.

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